I am Andy Brown DipBSoM and I am the Director of Gower Wellbeing. I have worked in training and personal development for over 30 years, working for West Wales Training and Enterprise Council as a Training Advisor, Yale College, Wrexham as a Senior Team Leader delivering the Prince’s Trust Programmes Team Programme and the delivery of Management Development Courses. I have worked with homeless individuals providing housing and support through the YMCA and I have run a Team Building Company. I have a deep connection with our natural world and find it a positive environment to create change and wellbeing. I have trained in Transactional Analysis and I am a Life Coach, NLP Practitioner and a qualified Meditation Teacher. I have trained with a international expert in stress management and worked with a leader in the field of using nature as a co-therapist. I have studied the area of wellbeing extensively with the British Psychological Society and seen positive changes in the way we can treat poor health, stress, anxiety and motivational challenges.
I am a keen sea kayaker and have paddled widely around the Gower Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Cornwall and more recently Greenland. I love being outdoors and find any opportunity to get out into the mountains. I love the Brecon Beacons and the Scottish highlands and I have enjoyed exploring the mountains of the Pyrenees. My passion is to see people achieve their potential and overcome challenges that might be holding them back. I also believe that by re-connecting ourselves with the natural world we are able to improve the way we feel about life.
David is a BACP accredited counsellor with over twenty years’ experience in providing personal, employee Assisted programmes, critical incident debriefing and wilderness therapy and has delivered a number of high quality and successful team building and other nature- based training events alongside Andy to both small and national businesses.
A keen yachtsman and hill walker David uses his love of the outdoors and brings his knowledge and extensive background in counselling to help Gower Wellbeing cooperate clients become more resilient to the stress and demands of their job and use this new found energy and vitality to increase their individual and companies performance.
As an approved mental health first aider trainer / instructor David runs certificated two-day mental health first aid courses on both an individual and group cooperate basis. Aside from employees being able to provide mental health first aid to colleagues who may be in need of it feedback from the previous courses have shown that the increase awareness within an organisation has reduced the current stigma surrounding poor mental given staff the confidence to seek professional support if they have ever needed to do so.
David is also a qualified and experienced counselling supervisor who provides clinical supervision to other therapists particularly those who use the wilderness as part of their work.
Diploma in counselling; Swansea University 2001
Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Person-Centred Therapists; University of Warwick – 2008.
Post Graduate Diploma in counselling (Consultative Supervision); University of South Wales 2014.